Polling Center: GOP Candidates Bet on Border Security

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst’s recent call for an additional $60 million in annual state funding for “a continuous surge operation” in the border region dramatically raised the ante in the high-stakes discussion of immigration and border security in the 2014 Republican primary campaign. Republican candidates at the state and national level remain sharply conflicted over how to talk about immigration reform in ways that resonate with the restrictive attitudes prevalent among GOP primary voters without antagonizing current and future Latino voters.

Results from the University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll suggests that invoking border security might offer a safe ...

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